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||Windsock Datafile #128 - The SIA SP.2 & SP.3 by Gregory Alegi
||Soft cover, A4 format magazine
available online from Albatros Productions' website
||Large format, interesting assembly of photographs, scale drawings in two popular scales, excellent colour profiles.
Reviewed by Rob Baumgartner
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The Italian SP.2 and SP.3 pusher biplanes would not be familiar to most World War I aircraft enthusiasts. They were used for training, artillery spotting, reconnaissance, light bombing and even in the air defence role.
These unusual looking aircraft now get the “Datafile” treatment from no lesser authority than Gregory Alegi.
Between the soft card covers, the story is told in over 40 pages. Within these are 79 black and white photographs that provide an interesting insight into this aircraft. Thanks to the large format of the publication, plenty of detail can be gleaned from the images and most have a clarity belying their age.
As usual the captions are very informative and make interesting reading in themselves.
Martin Digmayer has been kept busy with the general arrangement drawings that are always a feature of this series. They amount to 15 pages and cover both 1:72 and 1:48 scales.
The artwork is excellent and comes in the form of three profiles from Ronny Bar. The schemes chosen are varied, as are the airframes, and cover SP.2 1808, SP.3 4624 and SP.2 6654, the latter being a post war representation.
Apart from the history, development and service of these aircraft, a section on colours and markings is provided. An appendix supplies production figures as well as the specifications of the SP.2 and SP.3.
This certainly is a comprehensive Datafile. There is not a lot of data available on these machines and it is a remarkable achievement that the author has managed to compile what he has. As such it is a valuable reference source for all those interested in this type.
Thanks to Albatros Productions for the review sample
Review Copyright © 2008 by Rob Baumgartner
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